Rockingham County Attorney's Office - NH

Rockingham County Attorney's Office - NH The official page of the Rockingham County Attorney's Office in Brentwood, NH.

The County Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting most Felonies and all Misdemeanor Appeals that occur in Rockingham County. While the County Attorney is a constitutional officer, the Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer for the State of New Hampshire. The County Attorney's Office is responsible for and exercises general supervisory control over the enforcement and prosecution of the criminal laws of the State. In Rockingham County, the County Attorney's Office prosecutes for 37 Police Departments, the Sheriff's Department, the New Hampshire State Police and various State agencies. The Rockingham County Attorney’s Office employs 19 attorneys, 2 investigators, 3 victim/witness coordinators and 13 support staff. 17 attorneys prosecute felony cases and 2 of the attorneys handle district court cases for various towns throughout the County. The felony Assistant County Attorneys are divided into teams covering three geographic regions of the county. County Attorney Conway analyzed the three regions upon taking office and changed them in order to guarantee that all of the teams are handling an equal amount of cases. Rockingham County Superior Court is the busiest superior court in the State. According to the New Hampshire Judicial Branch, 1,592 criminal cases and 4,265 criminal charges were filed in the Rockingham County Superior Court. The number of indictments filed by this Office increased 39% from the year 2013 to the year 2014 without an increase in staff. From 2012 to 2014, the number of cases that the various police departments sent to the office increased 34%. The Court did not schedule or hear any trials for 20 weeks out of the calendar year. This Office conducted approximately 80 jury trials in 2014. Jury trials can generally take anywhere from 2 to 14 days to complete. The remainder of the cases were resolved through negotiated dispositions. In addition, 251 probation violations and 26 New Hope violations were prosecuted by this office. The average caseload for each felony prosecutor was 106. This number does not include probation violations and post- conviction matters that are routinely filed and litigated by the Office. The County Attorney continues to be proactive in providing assistance during the earliest stages of a case. Prosecutors are available to answer questions and to go to a crime scene to assist in investigations and charging decisions 24 hours a day. All prosecutors are periodically scheduled to be “on-call” at night and on weekends. Prosecutors are “exempt” employees who do not receive overtime or other consideration for this added duty. The prosecutors recognize that this is an important function that results in better investigations, better prosecutions, and protection of the rights of citizens of the County. Duty calls from police departments were 233 in 2014.

Mission: The mission of the Rockingham County Attorney's Office is to provide professional and ethical prosecutorial services for the people of Rockingham County with the ultimate goals of achieving justice for victims of crime and reducing crime and recidivism.

04/22/2020

The Rockingham County Attorney's Office celebrates all of our support staff today in recognition of Administrative Professionals' Day. We are lucky to have a truly dedicated and talented team of support staff that make the work we do serving Rockingham County Citizens possible. Thank you to all of our support staff today and every day.

Today, Rockingham County held an Employee Recognition Ceremony, thanking employees for their Years of Service.  The Rock...
11/20/2019

Today, Rockingham County held an Employee Recognition Ceremony, thanking employees for their Years of Service. The Rockingham County Attorney's Office thanks:

Cassie Escabi, Meghan Lennon, Kate Winter and Mandi Werner for 5 Years of Service

County Attorney Pat Conway and Victim Witness Coordinator Stephanie Callahan were also honored with recognition for 20 Years of Service!

04/18/2019
NH State Fire Marshal's Office

With great teamwork comes great success! Thank you to Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Haggar, ACA Christopher O'Brien, the NH Fire Marshal's Office, ATF, FBI, Kingston PD, Manchester FD and Kingston FD for all your hard work and determination.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: KINGSTON MAN CONVICTED ON ALL COUNTS FOR ARSON

Date: April 5, 2019

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY ATTORNEY PATRICIA CONWAY AND NEW HAMPSHIRE FIRE MARSHAL PAUL PARISI STATE:

John Gates, 45 years old of Kingston, NH, was convicted of six felonies relating to an arson at the Carriage Town Plaza in Kingston in January 2018. Gates broke into the unoccupied Asian Gourmet Restaurant where he chiseled a hole through the wall to gain entry into the Carriage Town Market. He stole about $400 in cash, an unknown amount of quarters, and more than 200 scratch tickets. Before he left, he threw Molotov Cocktails in order to set fire to the businesses. The damage was so significant to the Carriage Town Market that the business was never able to be reopened. The Asian Gourmet remains unoccupied.

Gates was convicted of arson, attempted arson, two counts of burglary, felon in possession of a Molotov cocktail and use of a Molotov cocktail. Gates was previously convicted in 2002 by the Federal Government for identity fraud.

The Kingston Police Department tracked Gates’ footprints in the snow as he walked from the crime scene to his residence about a half mile away. Wet boots were found in his residence, and although he denied ownership of them, his DNA was found on the boots, as well as gasoline.

The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office lead the investigation into the arsons, along with the ATF, FBI and Manchester Fire Department. Although a shut in with very little money to speak of, Gates was seen making purchases and paying with large amounts of cash just hours after the fires. Most notably, he paid for an expedited passport and was planning international travel just days after the crimes.

Gates’ computer was searched and revealed that he had an online relationship with a woman in Turkey. It was apparent that he was in love with this woman but she broke up with him just days before the fire. An online chat showed he was asking her close friend where she got off the bus from work and that he “was coming” to Turkey to surprise this woman.

With the help the Fire Marshal’s Office and ATF, the State presented over 20 witnesses and over 100 pieces of evidence to the jury. The trial lasted two weeks and the jury took less than four hours to convict Gates on all charges.

“The Fire Marshal’s Office was quick to assist in processing this crime scene and spent days collecting evidence and speaking to witnesses. I am proud of my dedicated team,” says Fire Marshal Paul Parisi.

“I am extremely grateful to the jury for their time and commitment to this case and am relieved that a dangerous individual has been convicted. I hope all of those affected by these crimes feel a sense of justice for their losses,” County Attorney Patricia Conway stated. “The teamwork between state, local and federal agencies produced a strong case showing the defendant’s guilt.”

Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Haggar and Assistant County Attorney Christopher O’Brien handled the case. Fire Investigator Shana Clark was the lead investigator. Gates was represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

For any questions, please contact Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Haggar at 603-642-4249 or [email protected] or Deputy State Fire Marshal Keith Rodenhiser at 603-223-4289 or [email protected]

"I am so incredibly proud of Lead Attorney Melissa Fales for being awarded the 2019 Champion of Children.  Melissa works...
04/05/2019
Champions for Children 'Turning Hurt into Hope'

"I am so incredibly proud of Lead Attorney Melissa Fales for being awarded the 2019 Champion of Children. Melissa works tirelessly for child sexual assault victims and their families. She was awarded along with others by the Rockingham County Child Advocacy Center at a ceremony in Portsmouth. Rockingham County is fortunate to have Attorney Fales fighting for justice every day."--County Attorney Patricia Conway

PORTSMOUTH — They are not easy cases to work with, but those who become involved are rewarded by knowing they made a difference in the lives of

"It was such a pleasure to close out the year by joining other members of Rockingham County in caroling at the Nursing H...
01/08/2019
County carolers spread holiday cheer

"It was such a pleasure to close out the year by joining other members of Rockingham County in caroling at the Nursing Home. I truly enjoyed spreading some Holiday cheer!"

BRENTWOOD — Jude Gates, director of facilities and IT for the Rockingham County Complex, adjusted her elf hat in the glow of one of the many

Friends of Pat Conway Rockingham County
01/02/2019

Friends of Pat Conway Rockingham County

It is my distinct honor and privilege to be sworn in today for my 3rd term as Rockingham County Attorney. Today, I along with other County Officials, took an oath to serve Rockingham County to our best ability. I look forward to working for all in the pursuit of justice and safety for all Rockingham County citizens.

"It is my sincerest hope that we never see such a senseless and reckless act committed upon our roadways ever again. We ...
12/19/2018
Teen gets 7-14 years for crash that killed officer

"It is my sincerest hope that we never see such a senseless and reckless act committed upon our roadways ever again. We hope this sentence serves a measure of justice against this tragedy."--County Attorney Patricia Conway

BRENTWOOD — As Louis Remigio lay fatally wounded on Interstate 95 in North Hampton after being thrown from his motorcycle, Michael Ricci posted a

"Making a choice to drink and a choice to drive will not be tolerated.  This sentence should serve as a strong reminder ...
06/15/2018
Hampstead man heads to prison for head-on DWI crash after celebrating Super Bowl pool win | New Hampshire

"Making a choice to drink and a choice to drive will not be tolerated. This sentence should serve as a strong reminder to society that those choices can lead to tragedy and to incarceration"--County Attorney Patricia Conway

A Hampstead man will spend up to three years in prison for a head-on crash that followed an afternoon of drinking to celebrate his $250 win in a Super Bowl pool.

04/13/2018

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY ATTORNEY HONORS VICTIM WITNESS ADVOCATES IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL CRIME VICTIM'S RIGHTS WEEK -

Today marks the end of National Crime Victims' Rights Week - the perfect time to honor and celebrate our 3 victim witness advocates who work tirelessly every day to support and serve victims of crime in Rockingham County. Kate Winter, Meghan Lennon and Stephanie Callahan work hard every day to provide hope and healing to victims and survivors of crime through advocacy and the support of resources, information and empowerment from the critical time after a crime occurs through the challenges and successes in criminal prosecution.

While the prosecutors in our office are working to bring perpetrators to justice, Stephanie, Kate and Megan are providing emotional support to victims and families, assisting families and witnesses with travel logistics and informing and educating victims, families and witnesses about our criminal justice system.

As the country markes the end of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Stephanie, Kate and Megan are working hard every day - as they do all year long - to ensure victims and their families get acess to the resources they need.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!

04/10/2018

The Rockingham County Sexual Assault Resource Team,
In collaboration with the
NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force

Invites members of Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Advocacy, Medical Providers and members of Multi-Disciplinary Teams who respond to the needs of victims to attend a FREE training:

Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking
Thursday, April 12, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Hilton Auditorium
117 North Rd.*
Brentwood, NH

Please contact Kate Winter at [email protected] or by phone at the County Attorney’s Office at (603) 642-4249 to register. Space is limited, so don’t delay!

*The Hilton Auditorium is housed within the Rockingham County Nursing Home. Please park behind the Nursing Home and access the auditorium through the back entrance; which is marked by a blue sign.

The mission of the Rockingham County Sexual Assault Resource Team is to guide adult victims of sexual assault along the path toward justice through open communication and using a collaborative, victim centered approach in order to offer a network of services and to hold perpetrators accountable.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, April 6, 2018 Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003Email: john@jgpr.net   Rockingham C...
04/09/2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 6, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]





Rockingham County Victim Witness Coordinator Kate Winter (bottom right) was named as a 2018 Champion of Children by the Rockingham County Child Advocacy Center. Gov. Chris Sununu (top center) presented awards to the recipients. (Courtesy Photo)

BRENTWOOD -- Rockingham County Attorney Patricia G. Conway is pleased to announce that Victim Witness Coordinator Kate Winter was recently honored by the Rockingham County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) as a 2018 Champion of Children.

Winter was recognized during an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 5 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H., for her contribution to ensuring the safety, health and well-being of children in the Rockingham community, and for raising awareness about child abuse.

The Rockingham County Attorney's Office does a significant amount of work with the CAC, as they forensically interview children who have been physically or sexually abused.

“I am enthused that Kate has been recognized by the CAC for her dedication and tremendous work with children," County Attorney Conway said. "These children come to us after suffering unspeakable harm, often times committed by a loved one, and the compassion and support that Kate provides undoubtedly makes them feel supported. Rockingham County is honored to have Kate as a victim witness coordinator.”

Winter has served as the victim witness coordinator and the co-facilitator of the Rockingham County Sexual Assault Resource Team at the Rockingham County Attorney's Office since 2014. She began her career in social service in 2000 as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow and then continued on to become a community service provider, mentoring children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues.

03/30/2018

Rockingham County Attorney's Office
Patricia G. Conway, County Attorney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 30, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Woman Convicted on Abuse Charges After Leaving a Young Child Blind in One Eye

BRENTWOOD -- A woman who volunteered to watch a friend's children in the spring of 2016 has been convicted on multiple assault charges resulting from sustained abuse that left a young child with serious lifelong injuries.

A Rockingham County Superior Court jury this afternoon found JAMI CASTINE, AGE 29, guilty of three counts of first degree assault and one count of second degree assault.

During a two-week trial, Rockingham County Attorney Patricia G. Conway and Assistant County Attorney Ryan Ollis presented evidence that CASTINE severely abused a pair of then 18-month-old twins she had volunteered to watch for a friend between March 31 and April 8, 2016. Epping Police began their investigation on April 8 after one of the victims was found unresponsive at CASTINE'S home.

As a result of the abuse, one of the twins was left with lifelong brain damage and permanent blindness in his left eye.

During the trial, expert witnesses testified that the victim suffered two chronic subdural hematomas, a detached retina, retinal hemorrhaging and bleeding of the brain.

The victim's twin brother also sustained bruising that experts identified as being consistent with abuse.

Witnesses who observed CASTINE with the children testified that they heard her call the children vulgar names and make reference to inflicting physical discipline against them. They also testified that they observed her use aggressive tactics when handling the children or feeding them.

"This defendant was entrusted by a friend to care for her children, and she violated that trust by inflicting lifelong injuries upon a baby," County Attorney Conway said. "One of the victims has been forced to live the rest of his life without sight in his left eye. However, I hope he and his family will some day take comfort in knowing that their abuser has been held accountable."

Kate Winter served as the victim witness coordinator on this case. Today's conviction was made possible through close collaboration between the Rockingham County Attorney's Office and the Epping Police Department throughout the investigation and prosecution processes.

CASTINE was represented by Joseph Malfitani and Eliana Forciniti. Sentencing will take place June 8.

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12/19/2017

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY PRESS RELEASE
DECEMBER 19, 2017
FREMONT MAN CONVICTED OF RAPE AND STRANGULATION OF EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Fremont man was found guilty today after trial by jury in the Rockingham County Superior Court of six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, one count of strangulation, four counts of misdemeanor domestic violence, and one count of criminal threatening. Several witnesses testified over a period of three days at trial including New Hampshire’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Jennie Duval and Intimate Partner Violence Expert, Scott Hampton. The jury found that Mark Lemay physically and sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend of several years on two separate occasions in the fall of 2016. The courage demonstrated by the victim in reporting the assaults and testifying against her abuser was exceptional and inspirational. Lead Rockingham County Attorneys Melissa Fales and Douglas Sheehan prosecuted the case. Megan Lennon served as the victim witness coordinator. County Attorney Patricia Conway is pleased with the outcome of the case and believes that justice was accomplished through the jury’s verdict. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for March 23rd.

Congratulations to Pamela Strong for being recognized for her 20 years of service at the Rockigham County Attorney's Off...
11/30/2017

Congratulations to Pamela Strong for being recognized for her 20 years of service at the Rockigham County Attorney's Office. Pam works as a paralegal and supports County Attorney Conway as well as Deputy County Attorney Haggar. Pat Conway was pleased to be among many who recognized Pam at the Rockingham County Recognition Ceremony. Congratulatons Pam!

"I am so grateful that this young woman's voice was heard and this man will spend the next 25 years behind bars for all ...
11/21/2017
Barnstead man sentenced for sexual abuse of teenage girl | New Hampshire

"I am so grateful that this young woman's voice was heard and this man will spend the next 25 years behind bars for all the harm he has caused."--County Attorney Pat Conway.

A Barnstead man convicted of repeatedly sexually abusing a teenage girl by using manipulation and even threats to sell the horse she loved, was sentenced to 25 to 60 years in prison on Monday.

11/13/2017

SANDOWN MAN DIES WHEN FIREARM IS ACCIDENTALY DISCHARGED

On November 4, 2017, Brentwood Police responded to an emergency call reference an accidental shooting at the Deer Run Wildlife Management Area. When police arrived, they learned that Christopher Shewokis, DOB 12/02/1965, of Sandown, New Hampshire, went target shooting with an adult friend and a juvenile. While the adult friend adjusted the targets, Mr. Shewokis loaded his Ruger 22 revolver. While giving instruction, Mr. Shewokis then handed the firearm to the juvenile. The revolver accidentally discharged a round into Mr. Shewokis’s chest. Sadly, Mr. Shewokis died as a result of his injury. The Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and found Mr. Shewokis’s death to be accidental. County Attorney Patricia Conway and the Brentwood Police Department express their sincere condolences to the deceased’s family. The family requests privacy.

PRESS RELEASE – Office of the Rockingham County                      Attorney Patricia ConwayNovember 11, 2017   Deputy ...
11/11/2017

PRESS RELEASE – Office of the Rockingham County
Attorney Patricia Conway
November 11, 2017 Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Haggar receives Granite State Children’s Alliance 2017 Everyday Heroes award.

Brentwood, NH — County Attorney Patricia Conway is pleased to announce that Rockingham County Deputy Attorney Jennifer Haggar has been honored at the Annual Hands of Hope Recognition Celebration at Church Landing in Meredith, New Hampshire on November 10th.

Everyday Heroes are members of the multi-disciplinary team in each of New Hampshire’s counties, who best exemplify the dedication necessary to properly investigate cases of suspected child abuse, while working as part of the collaborative team.

Deputy Haggar was nominated by Rockingham County Child Advocacy Center Program Coordinator & Forensic Interviewer Jillian Burns, MSW. “Our team members are fond of Jenn; admiring her work and commitment to the job, her passion for her cases, and most of all, her dedication to the victims she fights tirelessly for. Attorney Haggar continuously seeks justices for those who need a warrior; often times for those who need a warrior the most; children, a vulnerable population often silenced. Jenn is an everyday Hero.”

County Attorney Patricia Conway states, “Deputy Haggar’s passion to advocate for victimized children within our County is second to none. Her unwavering commitment, support and dedication to these children continues to positively impact our community.”

Deputy Haggar along with 11 other award recipients were honored at a ceremony held at the Church Landing Conference Center in Meredith.

In 2016 Deputy Haggar was previously recognized by the Rockingham County Child Advocacy Center as a "Champion for Children" as a fierce advocate for child victims.

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10 Route 125
Brentwood, NH
03833

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